Dawn Dekle Biography

Dr. Dawn Dekle
The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani 

Dr. Dekle joined the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in September 2013. She is the first woman to serve as president of a university in Iraq.  As President, she oversees efforts to: earn regional accreditation in the United States; build academic programs that continue to attract top students from across the country; and strengthen resource acquisition, allocation, and management, including the establishment of an endowment capable of supporting scholarships, construction, faculty development, and co-curricular activities.

Before joining AUIS, Dr. Dekle served as the Provost at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), where she implemented undergraduate law and business programs and led the institution’s US regional accreditation efforts.

Dr. Dekle comes to AUIS with distinctive teaching, scholarship, and management experiences.  As a pioneer member of the faculty at Singapore Management University (SMU), she served as the Head of Teaching Excellence, and held academic appointments in the School of Business and School of Economics and Social Sciences, where she also won two teaching awards.  Prior to SMU, she held faculty appointments at The National University of Singapore, James Madison University, and Dartmouth College.  Before moving to Afghanistan, Dr. Dekle served as Dean of the Undergraduate Program and Dean of the Center of Leadership for the S P Jain School of Management in Singapore.  Dr. Dekle has held leadership positions outside of academia, such as a member of the Board for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and as a leadership specialist and Global Knowledge Manager at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co, where she helped launch the McKinsey Center for Asian Leadership.

As a scholar of leadership and management, Dr. Dekle has published in academic journals, presented at international conferences, given keynote addresses for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and served as an analyst for television and radio regarding President Obama and his strategies in Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Dekle earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Texas A&M University. She then went on to achieve a PhD in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Science) from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School.